On Saturday, April 2nd 2016 Dave Bever, pastor at Crosslink Community church arrived at Ohio Cryo to get his final Whole Body Cryotherapy session. ‘Pastor Dave’ was no stranger to the #BlackOctagon; the two had met 11 times previous in the past 3 weeks. And although Dave was quite familiar with the cryotherapy process at this point, the energy that filled Loft #21 at Ohio Cryo that Saturday afternoon was different. It was electric.
About 4 weeks previous, Pastor Dave had embarked on a mission titled the ‘Fight For Gunnar’. Armed with loads of determination, faith and perseverance, Dave began an intense physical and mental training regimen to prepare himself for an MMA fight that was to be held on Saturday, April 2nd that raised money to support one of Dave’s dearest friends Gunnar who at 9 years of age was battling Cancer.
Training 6 or 7 days a week, Pastor Dave would come in with bruises, aches, soreness and the like, using cryotherapy to help him recover along his journey. Dave knew at the time that although he was banged up from an intense training regimen, the pain and soreness that he was experiencing from training was incomparable to what Gunnar had been going through during his battle.
With his friend in mind, Dave trained and trained and trained. And when fight-day Saturday rolled around, Dave understood what the fight meant to him, to Gunnar, to his faith and to his community. Dave knew that by telling Gunnar’s story, by helping to raise awareness for such an amazing cause, by giving all his faith to god and by gathering the community of supporters around himself & Gunnar that he had already won the Fight For Gunnar, no matter what the outcome of the fight would be later that evening.
The first time I spoke to Dave in person I was immediately captivated by his determination, his faith and how genuine of a guy Dave was; I also knew that Dave was an immediate reflection of Gunnar, representing Gunnar’s strength and will power to the best of his abilities.
Dave ended up winning his MMA fight that Saturday night, which was merely a dance that represented an entirely larger theme. A theme of helping others win in life’s battles using love, faith and community.
To Dave and Gunnar: Thank you for allowing your Ohio Cryo family to support you in your journey & fight. We will Never Stop Fighting along your sides.
#NeverQuitFighting #FightForGunnar #TeamGunnar
If someone would have come up to me last week and asked me what Futsal was, I would have guessed that it was an anti-fungal foot cream and would have been terribly wrong. Yesterday after meeting members of the Columbus Futsal team, I can say without a doubt that Futsal may be one of the most awesome sports that exist in the modern day sporting arena.
I say this because the group of guys that came in to get Whole Body Cryotherapy in preparation for their US National tournament this upcoming weekend we’re the most genuine, fun, outgoing group of teammates that I’ve come across.
As Columbus’s Official Street Soccer & Futsal family, Columbus Futsal is dedicated to player and team development — and what better team building activity to take part in than to watch each player withstand sub freezing temperatures in the #BlackOctagon! Although they seemed cold at some moments, the camaraderie and sense of community existing in the Columbus Futsal team could not be dampened, not even by -310 degrees of Nitrogen gas.
Ohio Cryo would like to wish Columbus Futsal the best of luck at US Nationals!
For more information on Columbus Futsal: http://ColumbusFutsal.com